A ruthless elven bounty huntress shoots down the dragon ridden by the fugitive orc shaman, Fangtor Bloodmoon. When Fangtor refuses to surrender quietly, the huntress must battle for her own life against the dangerous villain, and comes away with more than just his head.
A pleasant surprise...a low budget fantasy movie that I initially watched on the SCI-FI channel which turned out to be a lot better then their usual fare. Ok so it doesnt try to hide its blatant references to the LORD OF THE RINGS films (opening sequence of a mystical voiced female telling us of the lands history as the camera glides over a map, plenty of orcs, an Elf and even a dungeon dwelling creature reminiscent of Gollum) but after a short time you dont care about its influences, if anything the decent story, acting, costumes and action sequences are a tribute to Jacksons influence...a neat homage. The at times overuse of camera filters to make the sky look unusual can be a bit annoying but apart from that I think, like myself, you will appreciate the efforts and hard work thats went into this ... superb orcs and that sexy blonde Elf is to die for!
didn't expect very much being a cheap B?TV movie but it was better than I expected it to be sort of a very low budget Lord of the Rings without a ring lol! It won't wow you but it's enjoyable with an Elven bounty hunter,an Orc & Keltus the good guy,there has to be one of course & there.s even some mermaids.It's rated 15 but should be PG there's nothing scary or anything a child shouldn't see in my opinion.
Nemyt Akaia (Danielle Chuchran) is a fiery elf who is a bounty hunter. She kills an orc and gets cursed. Keltus (Richard McWilliams) is a human wanderer because ranger has been already taken in LOTR. Nemyt has a strong natural resistance to the curse. This allows her to travel among the orcs and fallen elves. In addition to attempting to get the curse removed, it seems the whole world is about to come to an end with the release of the Shadow Lord or "he who which we don't speak." There are also dwarfs in this film who swap their allegiance to the orcs.
Yes, if you haven't figured it out, they did some wholesale stealing from LOTR including a night rider and several scenes that didn't involve more than 10 people. While the story boasts a shadow curse, it was a little light on dragons. The make up was pretty decent. Our elf wore cheap light blue contacts, but it looked good with her handlebar ears. The fighting choreography was noticeably bad in a few scenes. There were also too many poorly lite night time scenes. Kids should like it.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, nudity. Filmed in scenic Utah.
REVIEWED VERSION: 2013 Signature Entertainment UK Blu-Ray (Region FREE)
Director: John Lyde
Cast: Danielle Chuchran, Richard McWilliams, Paul D. Hunt, Kyle Paul Kyle Paul, James C. Morris, Eve Mauro, Bailee Mykell Cowperthwaite
Production: US 2013
The undead god Goth-Azul seeks a way back into the world of the living with the help of the Shadow Cabal, whose followers bear the sign of the shadow. When elven bounty huntress Nemyt (Danielle Chuchran) takes down the infamous orc sharman Fangtor Bloodmoon (Adam Abram) she is cursed with the mark as well and the undead contagion begins to fester. With the help of cleric Keltus the Wanderer (Richard McWilliams) and disgraced orc Kullimon (Paul D. Hunt) she seeks to stop the Shadow Cabal and find a cure.
THE PROS & CONS
So RISE OF THE SHADOW WARRIOR isn't gonna win any awards for originality, that's for sure. But comparing every EVERY fantasy film to A+ productions such as THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE HOBBIT trilogies is just ridiculous. RISE OF THE SHADOW WARRIOR is clearly a B movie. So don't compare it to A and A+ blockbusters! As such RISE OF THE SHADOW WARRIOR works out superbly, making the most out of its budget. Sure, the story isn't original, but it is compelling and the characters, especially, are well fleshed out and make up for all the flaws. The best character by far is Nemyt (brilliant performance by the lovely Danielle Chuchran), the elven bounty huntress. Someone clearly did not want to create yet another elven stereotype and created a genuine elven anti-hero: Nemyt is tough, vulgar, bratty, aggresive and filled with hatred and the desire for vengeance - not what we are used to at all. While most of the orcs are the typical stereotypes, Kullimon (Paul D. Hunt) is a great exception as well, mild-tempered and quite smart and loyal. I liked his performance! A very likeable character indeed. Critics have harshly criticized Keltus' character (and Richard McWilliams' performance) but I do not concur! The rest of the performances are fairly decent as well as the direction. The story doesn't bother with long introductions, one is just tossed into it, and it works out perfectly. Everything is explained along the way. The costumes and masks are cheap but efficient, and so are the CGI effects. Larger creatures and monsters appear like in cheap 80s movies, but so what??? I liked RISE OF THE SHADOW WARRIOR better than many major Hollywood productions and I've watched it quite a few times and certainly will do so again very soon. Don't expect state-of-the-art effects and you'll be fine and certainly will enjoy this little gem. I know I did!
ON A SIDE NOTE
- aka SAGA - CURSE OF THE SHADOW (original title) and CURSE OF THE DRAGON SLAYER (DVD/Blu-Ray title). The latter is misleading as the only dragon in the film is only visible for a few seconds at the very beginning before being shot down
- was originally supposed to become a TV series, but never was realized as such
Feature running time: 105:08 mins. MPAA Rating: Unrated (would be an R) BBFC Rating: 15 (strong bloody violence) Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Audio: English 5.1, English 2.0 Subtitles: None Extras: None Region: FREE
The picture and audio quality are superb and far surpass some of the A-movie Hollywood productions, SUPRISE! Unfortunately this Blu-Ray is far less state-of-the-art when it comes to the extras: absolutely NOTHING. The region A Blu-Ray/DVD combo (Under the title CURSE OF THE DRAGON SLAYER) is region A LOCKED but contained a few featurettes and interviews (nothing to get overly excited about, but still...)
A very decent, competent Lord Of The Rings on a low budget film; which is worth bearing in mind if you plan to watch it. As such DO NOT EXPECT it to have billions spent on costume, make up, CGI effects, storyline, or anything else associated with Hollywood. What you will find, once you have left the aforementioned behind is, a pretty good film, a film which if not beating other Middle Earth type films, does more than hold it's own. It is a pretty ambitious attempt, that for the main manages to keep standing. My only gripe is that the ending seemed rather abrupt, and could have done with a bit more polish (obviously, money and time may have been factors). That being said, it is a good film. Enjoy it for what it is - Lord Of The Rings lite.